Friday, January 18, 2008


Went driving today... for the first time in at least six months.  I drove for half an hour or so, more time behind the wheel than I've had for two years total.

I was VERY cautious.  I was VERY un-confident.  But I didn't bump into anything nor did I tip over. I felt very much like a brand new driver.

But I gained some, a little, confidence. And I gained a lot of independence.  I didn't ask anyone if I could go.  I didn't tell anyone I was going. I just went.... to the railroad station, to the zoo, exploring new roads that didn't exist when last I drove, through whole new communities that didn't exist when last I drove.  As I drove, I realized I didn't even have my cell phone.  I was relying on myself, and myself alone, to get that 4000 pound chunk of Detroit iron to town and back into its parking spot.

It is not something I will be doing again soon...but I am glad I went.


kateh2ocolorart said...

It is not something I will be doing again soon...but I am glad I went.

THAT's what you said the LAST time you returned from a jaunt in your van!  Love, Kate

specialadyfink said...

I'm glad you did too.
It's a terrible thing to give up ones independance completely.
More POWER to ya.

garnett109 said...

Good for you Chuck hope you enjoyed your day, next time take the cell phone and maybe go on a picnic!
Have a great weekend friend!

madcobug said...

Glad that you got out for a while. When we don't drive very often we lose confidence in ourselves to be able to drive. Take that phone on your next jaunt. Helen

msecz said...

glad that you could do that too, Chuck. Im getting pretty house bound here lately but the snowy roads keep me inside.... Now you have something else to think about too  :>)

jckfrstross said...

good for you but next time take your phone:)


valphish said...

Congratulations and good for you, dearest Chuck =)! xox

tendernoggle said...

Good for you Chuck!!! Next time take the cell phone and camera!!!
love ya,

sunnybethe said...

Glad "Miss Daisy" is sill in working order.  And good for you!!  Did anyone notice you went AWOL?


rjet33 said...

Good for you, Chuck.  Makes me realize how much us younger folks take for granted.  Probably not a good thing.